During the past year one issue has dominated politics in this country – the issue of Brexit.
As Parliament finished for the Christmas break last week, MPs went home to their constituencies and when they return in January, the future of the deal proposed by the Government will be decided.
Since Article 50 was triggered in March 2017, negotiations to ensure we get the best terms possible for our exit from the EU, have been virtually non-stop.
The ‘meaningful vote’, which was set to be voted on this month, has been moved to the week of 14th January so that the Prime Minister can negotiate further with the EU.
Only time will tell if these final talks will be successful in seeking to change the text of the ‘back-stop’ which has proved to be the most controversial aspect of the Withdrawal Agreement.
Throughout 2018, Brexit has dominated the headlines, with questions over what kind of deal we should have. Some MPs say they want to stay in the Customs Union, the Single Market and other parts of the EU, some want a second referendum, whilst others want the UK to leave without a deal. Throughout this time, the issue has become more and more divisive.
Earlier this month, Theresa May faced a vote of no confidence from within the Conservative Party whilst she was seeking to make changes to the current the deal which, to me, appeared to be astonishingly bad timing.
As I have said on many occasions, in June 2016 people in the UK and here in Dartford, voted to leave the EU and I feel very strongly that Parliament should respect that vote. This means we should not have a second referendum.
Unfortunately, although the House of Commons seems to be very clear about what it doesn’t want for the Brexit process, it is less clear about what it does want.
Brexit will again dominate the news in the new year and there will undoubtedly be some further twists and turns but I am sure we all are looking forward to being able to move on from this issue.